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House Democrats, Now the Majority, Will Push Infrastructure Funding, Oversight Agenda in 2019

House Democrats, Now the Majority, Will Push Infrastructure Funding, Oversight Agenda in 2019

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November 8, 2018 4:45 PM, EST

DeFazio, Lowey Set to Become Chairmen of House Committees Key to Transportation

A long-term infrastructure funding measure and increased oversight of the Trump administration will be priorities the new Democratic leadership in the U.S. House intends to pursue during the next two years, the incoming chairman of the transportation panel told reporters Nov. 7.

Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years in the midterm elections, and incoming Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) expressed optimism about advancing robust infrastructure legislation. The current highway authorizing law expires in 2020.

President Donald Trump was unable to advance a 10-year, $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan this year with his party in control of the legislative branch. For the White House to be successful next year, DeFazio said Trump and his officials will need to abandon their proposal, which relies on private-sector investments, and consider federal government-backed accounts to fund infrastructure... FULL ARTICLE

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